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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm duncan gollestani. our top stories: the two contenders to be british prime minister face each other in a head—to—head debate, clashing over brexit and the economy. what we should be doing is getting ready and encouraging the people of this country to believe they can do it, because they can do it. being prime minister is about telling people what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. no let—up in the diplomatic row between the us and uk as donald trump calls the british ambassador to washington a very stupid guy. one life saved in
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yemen's civil war — the little girl who got medical treatment thanks to donations. and the news brought to you by artificial intelligence. the robot news readers of the future. hello. the two men vying to be britain's next prime minister, boris johnson and jeremy hunt, have taken part in a live televised debate. they clashed over brexit, economic policies and the qualities needed to lead the country. mrjohnson said it was crucial that britain leaves the eu on the 31st october with or without a deal, butjeremy hunt accused him of peddling optimism. political editor laura kuenssberg watched the debate. jeering
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out in front in the race, and first in the door tonight. then next, the man in second vying to take charge. all: we demand a people's vote. at a time when conflict and controversy follows politicians everywhere. first, with the familiar introductions, the ‘brexiteer—in—chief‘. we can either continue with the same old failed can kicking approach, destroying trust in politics, sapping business confidence, or else we can change, get back on our mojo. mr hunt suggested a wider appeal. in poll after poll, i'm the public's preferred choice for prime minister, because i appeal not just of those who already vote conservative but those who we need to win. and to those watching at home, i'll be your prime minister whoever you vote for. no surprise, the hardest question first. i voted conservative much
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of my life, but now i support the brexit party and i'd like to see nigel farage in number10. can you promise me that we will definitely leave the eu on october the 31st? i think it's absolutely vital that we come out on october the 31st, tony, otherwise we will continue to haemorrhage trust, not just in the conservative party, or indeed the labour party, but politics generally. if you don't get us out of the eu by the 31st of october, will you resign? we are going to come out on october the 31st, and i think anybody who goes into the negotiations proposing yet again to kick the can down the road will i think run the risk of forfeiting trust with the electorate. i think it's in no, and what we've got is someone who says it is do—or—die for the country... i'm sorry, i think what we have with my opponent is somebody... iasked if you'd resign, boris, and you didn't answer the question. will you resign if you don't deliver it, yes or no? my opponent is clearly not committed to coming out of the eu
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on october the 31st. no, i asked if you'd resign if you don't do it. they faced questions on the risk they say they would take leaving without a deal, butjoined battle over who's in the real world. being prime minister is about telling people what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. and the difference between you and me is you are peddling optimism, and i'm saying we can make a tremendous... i think the country needs a bit of optimism frankly! applause i think only a defeatist, someone who was on the other side of the argument for so long and didn't wish to come out, would take that line. raise your hand if you feel confident telling the british people we will have left the eu by the 31st of october. that's the spirit, jeremy! there we are! applause i'm the one to do it! i'll make it happen! you could've fooled me. yet two weeks today, one of them will be our next prime minister. the shouting tonight is over,
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the decision not yet done. laura kuenssberg reporting. the two leadership contenters also clashed over donald trump's response to a series of confidential emails written by the uk ambassador to the us, describing the white house as inept and dysfunctional. mr hunt said that if elected, he would keep kim darroch as ambassador until his scheduled retirement in a few months time. but mrjohnson declined to make the same commitment. it comes after president trump doubled down on the debacle on tuesday, calling the ambassador a stupid man and a pompous fool. here's our north america correspondent, nick bryant. a lavish banquet in washington last night, where the president glad—handed diplomats from qatar, but cold—shouldered the uk ambassador. sir kim darroch disinvited from the dinner after mr trump announced the white house would no longer deal with him.
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this morning, another presidential twitter tirade that wasn't just incendiary but borderline thermonuclear. and on brexit: sir kim darroch, the man entrusted to preserve the special relationship, is now in the midst of a diplomatic whirlwind. and while the uk embassy this morning was said to be in keep calm and carry on mode, his elegant residence feels besieged. sir kim was supposed to be at a meeting today between ivanka trump and the international trade secretary, liam fox. but we understand that he decided not to attend, partly because he didn't want to put the president's daughter in an embarrassing situation. liam fox and if uncle trump were renewing an acquaintance made in happier times, during the recent
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state visit to london. and during their 45—minute meeting, i'm told, their diplomatic row didn't come up in conversation, nor did doctor fox offer an apology for what the ambassador said about the president. tonight, a meeting in the commerce department was cancelled, a clash of diaries, it's claimed, rather than a further clash of friends. there will be a new prime minister in a couple of weeks, and i think that's an opportunity to maybe hit the reset button. i imagine the new prime minister will travel to washington fairly soon in his new tenure and try to forge a new bond with the president. donald trump started his relationship with theresa may with a gentle tap on the hand. he's ending it with what feels like a kick in the teeth. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. staying with that story... bruce jentleson was a senior advisor at the state department during president obama's
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administration, and is also author of the peacemakers: leadership from 20th century statemanship. he told me the current row is certainly not statesmanlike. it's surely not high—quality leadership. we look to leaders to both guide the ships and also make big decisions and help us work through difficult situations. and the president's response to this has taken the controversy to a whole other level. when you put it in the context of the us—uk special relationship — you know, fdr and churchill, ronald reagan and margaret thatcher, bill clinton and tony blair, it is even more consequential than if it were two other leaders, in two other countries going at it. you mention the "special relationship" there, those are two words that are used so often here but i'm often doubtful whether they're really felt on your side of the atlantic. is it really a thing and, if so, where does it leave this?
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historically it has been very important. historically it's been very important. there have been situations in which the united states felt we were closer to britain than to many on the continent. but what's going on here is notjust this row over the leaked cables, it's really two things — one for britain, and president trump has been interfering in your politics time and again. he boosted nigel farage, he's talked highly about boris johnson, notjust recently but going back, he's offended prime minister theresa may, told her how to do brexit, and at the same time, the whole atlantic alliance, there is really not a leader in nato or in the western alliance now that is confident that president trump generally believes in the alliance so the context for this makes it more thanjust an isolated incident. well, as you might have just heard, we're in the midst of a leadership election for the next prime minister of the uk. jeremy hunt was very clear
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that the ambassador would stay on, whereas borisjohnson seemed to be rather more equivocal. what do you make of their differing responses? i think their responses are really geared to the conservative party right now, which seems to work for them as a leader. we know that nigel farage, president trump's been asking for him as ambassador since president trump's own election. so i think right now their main goal is not necessarily what to do if elected but to get that office and anything they say now is really a vehicle for that. my guess is borisjohnson would definitely remove the ambassador because it is sort of his style, as you all know better than i do. but i think that's what is going on now is manoeuvring more about the politics than the foreign—policy. president trump says he will look at the how
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the labour secretary alexander acosta handled the case of the financierjeffrey epstein while he was a prosecutor in florida. mr epstein was offered a plea deal by acosta in 2008, after pleading guilty to prostitution charges. on monday in a new york court, epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. italy's interior minister matteo salvini has hailed the closure of what was once europe's biggest migrant reception centre, saying it would be good for security. mr salvini's hardline policies have led to a big drop in the number of migrants reaching italy. but critics say the lives of thousands of vulnerable people have been endangered. gareth barlow reports. the reception centre had once housed 4,000 migrants, now though, it's empty. as matteo salvini, italy's interior minister, toured the site, former employees jeered, and chanted "buffoon." but the man who was at the forefront of the tough stance against migrants
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was resolute. translation: the largest centre for migrants in europe had become, as the prosecutor proved, a base for the nigerian mafia to deal drugs. for prostitution, theft, assault, violence. they called me crazy when i said i wanted to close the centre. we gradually reduced the numbers until today, when we dropped them to zero. italy has drastically reduced the number of people arriving on its territory. from 181,000 in 2016, to just over 3000 so far this year. the approach isn't short of critics, however. while the interior minister defended his policies, in the vatican on monday, the pope defended migrants. translation: they are people. this is not mere social or migrant issues. this is notjust about migrants because migrants are first of all human beings. and secondly, they are a symbol of all those rejected by today's globalised society. in international waters, where italy's control ends, there are still underequipped
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and overcrowded boats trying to reach europe. an italian patrol and a charity vessel, rescuing dozens more migrants. matteo salvini might take a tough stance, but there are still people prepared to take on an even tougher undertaking in search of a better life. gareth barlow, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: hip hop artist nicki minaj has a change of heart about performing in saudi arabia next week. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup, and they pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been
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contemplated, and celebration parties were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: the two contenders to be the uk's next prime minister clashed in a face—to—face televisied leadership debate. the focus was on brexit,
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the economy and the qualities needed to be the country's leader. the diplomatic row between the us and the uk has intensified as donald trump calls the british ambassador to washington "a very stupid guy". in yemen, a child under the age of 5 is dying from preventable causes every ten minutes — that's according to the united nations. with the civil war there now in its 5th year, the un says the situation is desperate. but some children have been saved — like six year old yusra who desperately needed life saving treatment abroad. thanks to donations after her story was told on the bbc, she got it. our international correspondent orla guerin reports. look, it's good ? again... hand—painting a new future. for six—year—old yusra, not just child's play, her careful brush strokes are colouring an artificial eye. oh, excellent. just like the one she's
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about to receive. it's the last stage of months of life—saving treatment at the king hussein cancer center in jordan, all funded through donations. yusra has come smiling through, surviving an aggressive tumour which claimed her left eye. her specialist now hoping to hide her scars and heal her trauma. her reaction says it all. and doctors say she has been a tonic for them. when i see her i try to give her love, but she give me first, with smile, with hug etc. she likes life. she's a wonderful girl, a beautiful girl. if you look to her smile, only her smile, you will be happy. if you are tired, you will be relaxed. she's a lovely girl.
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i love her. it was a very different picture last october when we met yusra and her family in war—torn yemen. they were sheltering in a disused shop in the capital sana'a. yusra desperately needed treatment abroad but was trapped by a saudi ban on civilian flights. after we highlighted her case, several organisations came together and managed to get her tojordan. yusra has been in the best of hands there and her surgeon says she is now cancer—free. but she has a genetic condition, so follow—up checks are being arranged in yemen. he worries about her future in a war zone. this is what breaks my heart. we are not politicians, we cannot solve the issues. we do what we can do as medical doctors. we can make the connections with others and we hope and wish
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for her the best health. for this one at yemeni child, there was a way out, an escape from war, but not forever. this was yusra's last visit to the park before swapping the playgrounds of oman for the battle ground that is yemen. her devoted mother hayat all too aware of the risks. translation: when a missile lands nearby, our tents are torn to pieces and we lie on the ground to avoid the debris. there was an air strike on the farm next to us. i'm frightened to go back. but with yusra's treatment completed, it was time to pack up suitcases almost as big as she is. yusra is now back in her homeland, surrounded by her extended family. she is a pint—sized study in courage, but in yemen every day is a fight for survival.
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orla guerin, bbc news. the outspoken texas billionaire and two—time candidate for the us presidency, ross perot, has died at the age of 89. mr perot‘s 1992 run for the white house was the strongest showing for an independent since teddy roosevelt's in 1912. long before donald trump's anti establishment message, mr perot was pitching himself as a populist and a patriot. laura trevelyan looks back at his life and career. he shook up the 1992 presidential race by using his own millions to run as an independent. railing against excessive spending and bad management in washington. captured 90% of the national vote and his collea g u es 90% of the national vote and his colleagues saw his hopes of a second term dashed, they blame perot for siphoning or republican votes and letting bill clinton when, but perot ‘s straight talking one him across the glass. i want this people to
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start with an idea like i did. he was an eagle scout who went on to graduate from the naval academy. a salesman who made a fortune with his own computer services company, he made much of his roots.|j own computer services company, he made much of his roots. i have that the american dream, came from a modest background, no—one has been luckier than happen. —— luckier than i have been. this time he has been the nominee from the reform party, perot for —— fared badly. he sold out the interest of the workers to corporate bosses to bad trade agreements, it is lived on. he showed how a political outsider can shake up the establishment. rapper nicki minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in saudi arabia next week. it comes after she decided to show her support for the rights of women and the lgbt community.
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plans to perform at thejeddah festival sparked an outcry from critics of the country's human rights record. earlier i spoke with entertainment reporter kj matthews who has been following this story. the pressure started last week with the human rights foundation really taking to social media and reaching out to her people basically saying, please, do not play in saudi arabia because they have a horrible human rights record and they do not stand for the same things that you stand for. and i think she heard them loud and clear. she decided to cancel the concert that is still scheduled forjuly 18th in the saudi arabia, basically stating that she wants everyone to know that her support for women and for lesbians and gays and tra nsgender people comes before her making millions of dollars and she wants to let all of her fans know what she stands for, and she does not believe that saudi arabia's government stands for the same thing and so decided to pull out. it also was bad press.
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i mean, you have to remember that just months ago last year, i think it was back in october, that the journalist jamal khashoggi was brutally killed and many reports have linked saudi operatives to that killing. so it is not a good time right now for any artist or business to publicly align themselves with the government of saudi arabia. of course what is happening in saudi arabia is much more high—profile but of course we do hear occasionally about big performance taking very well—paid private gigs in countries that some people would think were less than desirable. do they have to become more aware of this now? absolutely. remember back in january, mariah carey still performed in saudi arabia and there have been many other people who have performed if not in big public concerts, like the music festival, certainly private parties held by brutal dictators of small countries and they have been
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paid millions of dollars. now, with the advent of social media and so many people putting pressure on people aligning themselves with these type of countries, controversial countries that have brutal dictators as leaders, i think it is much more difficult for celebrities to take millions and hide without the public knowing who they are being paid by. itjust is not worth it anymore. so what about those artists that are still on the billing for that festival in jeddah? so far one direction‘s liam payne is still supposed to be performing there. so far his people have not issued a statement saying that he is pulling out but he is onr of the highest profile celebrities that is still scheduled to perform there. there are no other us celebrities, major, that are supposed to be performing there of that calibre. could robots solve staff shortages? well injapan, where the population is declining sharply, the government is hoping
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they may provide the answer. but some developers believe that instead of replacing us, robots could even get more people into work. the bbc‘s stephanie hegarty explains. welcome to the bbc. i'm erica... i feel like we're in a chat show here. i'm not sure who the presenter is. meet erica, the first robot news reader in the world. hi, i'm erica. nice to meet you. you too. where are you from? i am from ireland. i love you very much. aw. kohei kawakami is erica's engineer. today's news: buckingham palace is expected to announce... she has three modes —
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she can be operated remotely, preprogrammed with a script, or she can work in al mode, where, in theory, she can carry out a spontaneous conversation. tofu. tofu! i like you. i like tofu. i can eat it. i'm not sure you can. i can eat it. ok, if you insist. ai mode still needs some work. are you confident that she'll be able to have a normal conversation one day?
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iam i am often called robotic work that is just people on twitter. you can find me on social media. you're watching bbc news. thank you for your company. hello. the forecast brings us pretty mixed fare across the uk in the next few days. sunny spells for almost all areas and, i think, if anything, some increasing warmth. but look out for some hefty old showers as well, especially across the northern half of the uk. low pressure is driving the weather here. we'll swing in some fronts as well, which means more organised bands of rain. for wimbledon, though, with high pressure sitting to the south of the uk, we are clinging on to a fine picture for wednesday, perhapsjust a raised risk of a shower later on in the afternoon. you can see some of those showers so start to tuck a little bit further south at times through the day, but southern england
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and south wales very likely, i think, to escape with a largely dry picture, although some heavier showers across eastern england cannot be ruled out through the afternoon. scotland gets the wettest of the weather first thing, brighter through the afternoon. thunderstorms likely in the north—east later, and then northern ireland seeing some more persistent rain arriving as we move into the latter part of the day. just light winds and that's a complication where you get some heavy showers developing. nothing to drive them on so the rainfall can really mount up. a pretty clear evening to the south and east, but the showers pile into wales and eventually roll through northern ireland and head into scotland. overnight lows to take us into thursday, 12—14just about covers it. for thursday daytime, we are still under the influence of high pressure, and some of those more organised bands of showers are perhaps a greater risk of seeing some heavy showers across the eastern side of the uk on thursday, and particularly for eastern scotland — signs are there could be some quite intense thunderstorms. again to the far south, things looking drier and clearer
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with some pleasant spells of sunshine. and then for the end of the week, things starting to calm down somewhat. a few showers possible for northern ireland. again the chance of heavy ones though across eastern england, perhaps easter scotland, with the odd rumble of thunder. in the sunshine, though, our temperatures starting to lift — perhaps 23, 24. certainly through the weekend that looks to be the case because the reason things are starting to calm down by friday is high—pressure is beginning to build from the west, and it will spread out across the uk to take us through the weekend. i can't promise you faultless blue skies but i can promise you a much quieter couple of days with very, very few showers, perhaps just the odd one or two in the east on saturday, in the west on sunday. sunshine and temperatures into the mid—20s.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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the two contenders to be the next british prime minister have clashed in a head—to—head debate. boris johnson and jeremy hunt argued about brexit, the economy, the qualities needed to be the country's leader and whether britain should leave the eu as scheduled on the 31st of october. the diplomatic row between the us and the uk intensifies as donald trump calls the british ambassador to washington a very stupid guy. the british foreign secretary has accused president trump of being disrespectful and wrong about the ambassador. hip hop artist nicki minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in saudi arabia, saying she wanted to make clear her support for the rights of women, the lgbt community and freedom of expression. the planned performance at the jeddah festival sparked an outcry from human rights activists.

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